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Man accused of punching woman who fell on tracks at LIRR station faces judge

Troy Liddell, 34, charged with assault and reckless endangerment for incident in Central Islip

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CENTRAL ISLIP — Troy Liddell, 34, the man accused of punching a woman who then fell onto the tracks at the Central Islip Long Island Railroad train station was arraigned Friday afternoon.

Prosecutors say there was a train 60 seconds away and say the victim reported seeing train lights. The woman sought cover before a Good Samaritan jumped down to the tracks and brought her to safety.

FiOS1 News spoke to that Good Samaritan, Martin Diaz, who's from Islandia.

“She was so disoriented that even when we got her up on the platform and I was up on the platform, she said, ‘What's going on? What happened?’” Diaz recalled. "It could have been my wife, it could have been my sister. So, I think I did the right thing by my reaction.”

At Liddell's arraignment, the prosecution said Liddell and the victim bumped into each other around 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday. The victim apologized and the defendant walked away, but then allegedly came back and punched the victim, which caused her to fall on the tracks. She suffered three fractured vertebrae and substantial swelling to her face and body.

Liddell, who has a criminal history, is charged with reckless endangerment and assault. His mother was in the courtroom for his arraignment but had very little to say to reporters. Off camera, she told FiOS1 News that her son had been through a lot.

The judge set bail at $150,000 cash over $300,000 bond.

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